Even as he starts filming commercials for his new employers, Larry Conners is suing his ex-employers, KMOV-TV (Channel 4), for age and racial discrimination. Conners' lawyers filed the suit in St. Louis Civil Court Thursday, alleging the news station paid the 66-year-old white man less than a black ... More >>
Even after a Cathedral Basilica priest asked the archdiocese to reassign him for personal reasons, the church allowed Joseph Jiang to have unsupervised contact with the minor he is accused of sexually assaulting in her home and on church property, according to a lawsuit. The family of the victim -- ... More >>
Justin DeRyke, who was arrested earlier this month for the murder of his 7-year-old niece Willow Long, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder during his arraignment Thursday in Effingham, KMOV reports. Long went missing on September 7 and was found two days later wrapped in p ... More >>
This week, we've been covering the controversy of Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, a St. Louis priest facing criminal charges that he repeatedly molested a teenage girl. In the wake of a high-profile subpoena, supporters of Jiang -- who are not directly affiliated with the Archdiocese of St. Louis -- ... More >>
Officials with Walmart pleaded guilty this week to mishandling hazardous materials at retail stores in Missouri and California -- and as a result will have to pay a total of more than $110 million in fines to resolve these cases. The company, authorities say, violated a slew of federal and state env ... More >>
Eric Griffin, a Stoddard County resident, applied to get a concealed-carry permit in Missouri because he didn't want to miss the opportunity. "His initial motivation...was fear that he wouldn't be able to get one in the future," his attorney Russell Oliver tells Daily RFT. "He's not a big gun nut. ... More >>
Got questions about a federal judge's dismissal of a local Catholic's lawsuit against "Obamacare"? Daily RFT's got answers! Q: So, who sued who?Frank O'Brien and his company, O'Brien Industrial Holdings (near South Kingshighway and I-44) sued our federal government last March. Q: Why?
On Thursday, a federal judge ruled against two St. Louis County men who had accused Disney in a lawsuit of stealing their Christmas-themed tale, "Santa Paws," and spinning it into a pair of DVD movies by the same name. In granting Disney summary judgment, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry conceded ... More >>
Daniel Fuller, 46, of Pevely, Missouri, allegedly purchased a video recording device from a retailer headquartered in Nebraska, and then later returned it. Anybody who's ever worked in retail will tell you that when a recording device leaves the store and is then brought back, employees quickly chec ... More >>
During its efforts to improve the way inmates can complain about abuse, neglect, or poor conditions in the city's workhouse, the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri hit a brick wall. When the inquiry started, they were cooperating with then-Corrections Commissioner Gene Stubblefield. ... More >>
Last August we published a feature article titled Smackdown, chronicling the downfall of Angela Halliday, a former dean's list student who became addicted to heroin. After the overdose deaths of an acquaintance and, a month later, her boyfriend, Madison County, Illinois, prosecutors charged her with ... More >>
Today is a good day for opponents of Ticketmasters online fees. Or is it? As part of an eight-year old ongoing class action lawsuit against the company, customers were notified of the terms of a proposed settlement. The suit claims that Ticketmaster's Order Processing Fee and UPS delivery charge are ... More >>
In the last six months, Sanford-Brown College has been hit with more than a dozen lawsuits from students claiming that the college and its parent company are running a high-pressure sales racket cleverly disguised as higher ed.The for-profit college, which has outlets in Fenton, Hazelwood and St. ... More >>
On July 17, 1926, J. Frank Norris, the most famous preacher in America and de facto leader of the burgeoning fundamentalist movement, shot and killed an unarmed man in his private office in his megachurch in Fort Worth, Texas. The subsequent trial captivated the nation, especially after it ex ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergMayor Alvin Parks did not have much to smile about Wednesday.Two black residents of East St. Louis won a civil rights lawsuit this week in southern Illinois complaining that they were harassed and discriminated against when they recommended that the predominately black c ... More >>
It knows where you are! And other people can use it to find out. Next time you get black-out wasted on Goldschlager and wake up behind a strip mall, you might have no idea where you are. But your iPhone does. In fact, it's been tracking -- and recording -- your spatial location since the moment y ... More >>
There are several excuses that won't fly in circuit court during child-molestation trials. "She looked like she could have been 18," for instance, is never a good defense. Thanks to a Missouri Supreme Court ruling handed down yesterday, you can add another bad excuse to the list: "But I comm ... More >>
Don't lean too close.Many patrons of strip clubs appreciate the long, svelte limbs of the performers onstage. But for one disgruntled ogler on the Illside, there's such a thing as too much leg. Especially when that leg is connected to a platform shoe. A man named Andrew Deluca has filed a l ... More >>
The diocese is on the hook for another $6.35 million after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear its appeal.The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday refused to hear an appeal of the Diocese of Belleville -- letting stand a $5 million jury verdict for a former altar boy at St. Theresa's Parish in ... More >>
A lawsuit alleges that a local chapter of the American Red Cross discriminated against an Illinois woman.A telerecruiter at the American Red Cross has filed a lawsuit alleging racial, sexual and age-related discrimination after being fired last December.Rosalind Clayton, a 48-year-old black ... More >>
Who wouldn't want a few hundred thousand of these as neighbors? A corporate hog producer was ordered Friday to pay a total of $1.95 million to twelve families in southwestern Missouri who complained that odors and flies from the company's pig farm ruined their properties and way of life.According ... More >>
Plaintiff Megan Phelps-Roper protesting in St. Louis last summer.It took the Westboro Baptist Church just one day to sue St. Charles after the city last week enacted an ordinance restricting when and where protesters can picket during funerals. Westboro Baptist Church has made a name for itself i ... More >>
Lesson: Unless you're in the NFL, don't do this at work.Tony's Restaurant in downtown Alton agreed this week to pay $75,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.According to the lawsuit, Katie Comer was an 18-year-old high-school student ... More >>
Image sourceJury duty, that beloved civic rite known to eat up as many as three days even if you're not selected to serve, is about to get even longer. Starting January 1, Missouri judges will have to allow lawyers extra time to look up the litigation history of potential jurors on Case.net, ... More >>
Thrill seekers gather outside The Darkness in October 2008.A fifteen-year-old from Belleville got the fright of her life last Halloween at the popular Soulard haunted house, The Darkness. Only the scare didn't come from the advanced animatronics and dozens of costumed goons that have made the St. ... More >>
Lake of the Ozark's water. So refreshing!Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that he is filing suit against ten businesses for violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law. All ten businesses allegedly discharged pollutants into Lake of the Ozarks or its nearby tributaries. The ... More >>
The headline above, what does it imply? 1. A man tried to commit a heinous act in the presence of a judge, or2. A man pleaded guilty to a judge for attempting to commit a heinous act.Mmm, judgy likey.If you answered No. 1, you'd be correct -- grammatically speaking. Of course, most criminals woul ... More >>
If not Steven Spielberg, who legally owns Russian Schoolroom?
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Will Lonnie Snelling's civil war ever end?
From maximum security in Potosi to a bungalow in Maplewood: The odyssey of Rabbit, a.k.a. Robert Driscoll
The St. Louis school board might have to pony up for the defense in Roberti v. Haas
Dr. William J. Catalona built an unrivaled repository of blood and tissue samples. Washington University wants to keep it. Now a judge will decide: Who owns the prostates?
Refineries stuck Hartford with a toxic pool of gasoline that just won't go away. Homes burn and residents get sick, but nobody's helping.
Only Jay Nixon stands in the way of Angela Coffel's freedom
While Joe Amrine waits to die, Missouri courts won't admit they may be wrong
These lawyers could cash in big, but who hired them?
Getting groped was a nightmare in a city that can't get a grip.
Regulators don't want a judge to tell Laclede Gas to fix corroding gas lines
Donald Thweatt was once ready to fight for his country. Now he's fighting for his freedom.
Sean McGivern says his court fight against Ralston Purina is a classic case of David vs. Goliath -- and the spoils consist of a cardboard box of kitty litter
Drug courts save lives and save money. That's not good enough for St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.
The appointment of a senior executive of the discrimination-claim-plagued Adam's Mark chain to a leadership position in the St. Louis County NAACP stirs outrage
A former prosecutor and a former police investigator explain their actions in the Ellen Reasonover case 16 years ago. Their accounts don't square.
Ellen Reasonover has served 16 years of a life sentence for murder. But new evidence -- a secret tape and a forgotten memo -- suggests that the prosecution may have committed the real crime.
Luciano Silveira and Michele Wioskowski were convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. But there's a lot the jury never heard.